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Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language Hardcover – 21 Feb 2008

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (21 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052187694X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521876940
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,795,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In this authoritative and attractively written book David Crystal asks all the right questions about the language that Shakespeare used and the ways in which he used it. Here is a linguist who knows not only how words work but how they work in the theatre. Anyone who cares for Shakespeare will be informed and entertained by this intriguing and wide-ranging study.' Stanley Wells

'… a fascinating and very readable book … one that could be recommended to the Shakespeare novice.' Stratford-upon-Avon Observer

'… he explores Shakespeare's linguistic art his grammar, his poetic brain and the ways in which he manipulated ordinary words, his building blocks, into the breathtaking poetry we have today.' Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

'An accessible book examining the 'nuts and bolts' of Shakespeare's language thus seems timely, and David Crystal … is just the man to write it.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Crystal's new book is a summation of his work on Shakespeare over many years, essentially a user-friendly book about language. An invaluable resource particularly for work in both language and literature at A Level.' Keith Davidson, Committee for Language in Education

'David Crystal once again offers an incredibly learned overview of linguistic issues in an accessible, engaging, and thought-provoking book on Shakespeare … The book is invaluable, in that it is accessible, highly enjoyable both to the specialized reader and the broader audience; and in that it argues persuasively that it is impossible to get very far in appreciating Shakespeare if his language is not looked at within the context of early modern linguistic practices.' Iolanda Plescia, Memori Di Shakespeare

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For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest into aspects of his language. David Crystal provides a lively and original introduction, creating a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's vast linguistic creativity.

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I have lots of favourite English linguits, but David Crystal is perhaps my most favourite, because of the depth of his insights, his amazing knowledge of human language in general and the history of English in particular. Besides, he writes in a style which is highly enjoyable even for non-native speakers. Let me quote one of the reviewers: I also read it in one gulp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eatin in one gulp 23 April 2012
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Mr Crystal could not go wrong with a book like this; a book he was born to write. I read the entire 200 and some pages in one gulp in the aisle of a book store. Step by step, Mr Crystal will bring to vivid life aspects of Shakspeare you never dreamed were there.... Sorry Mr Crystal, but there's no reason to buy it now, but thanks for making it so interesting!
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